Summary: After my poor Xonar Essence STX (Btw, this is a high-end desktop sound card by Asus) died and feeling the need to find a replacement, i went on to purchase the Nuforce HD. I did my research. The reviews on-line were great. Suppose i can't go wrong...?
Summary: I paired it with two white Tangent Audio EVO E5 and feed it with a Logitech Squeezebox Touch. It gives me a good looking, small but nevertheless powerful and great sounding sound system. This amplifier is very well built and though small, heavy enough not to move because of the cables.
Summary: I am using these along with my HD650 Sennheiser headphones. It should be noted that the HD650s are known for requiring a lot of power to be driven to their full potential. And since the NuFore Icon is doing a fantastic job with this, I can safely recommend this amp/dac to anyone for any use.
Summary: A few instant facts: 1. It use USB as the only input and it comes with an USB cable. 2. It has only got the 6.3mm headphone jack, but it comes with a 3.5mm adapter. 3. The only output apart from headphone jack is the RCA output -- and it's volume CAN be controlled by the nob! 4.
Summary: this Nuforce Icon HD is really a no brainer for dac/amp combo at the price range. plenty of power, not distorted, and noticeable improvement on both my AKG q701, ultrasone hfi780, and iem like turbine copper. recommended for starters